Capo Lesson: Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel

The Sound of Silence was written by Simon in Feburary 1964. Ths song was responsible for the popularity of the Folk Music Duo“Simon and Garfunkel”. The original version prefered by the artists was remixed after which it has become the perfect example of folk rock release. This song was originally known as the Sounds of Silence but was later retitled however; both the singular and plural appear in the lyrics of some versions of this song. The Sound of Silence features Simon playing an acoustic guitar.

Playing the Song

This is quite a good song for guitar beginners or those new to capos to improve their picking and rhythm skills.  Although it can be played on an acoustic alone, this song can be played using a combination of acoustic guitar and electric guitars with the capo on the 6th Fret. In this guitar tab, the introduction is played using two guitars the first electric and the second acoustic. The song ends with the electric guitar.

Guitar I (electric)
 e-------------------------------6-----6-------6-----6-------||
 B----------------------------------6-------------6----------||
 G----------------------------8-------------8----------------||
 D-----------------------------------------------------------||
 A-----------------------------------------------------------||
 E-----------------------------------------------------------||
 Guitart II (acoustic) ||
 (capo 6th fret) ||
 e----0-----0------0-----0-------0-----0-------0-----0-------||
 B-------0------------0-------------0-------------0----------||
 G--2-----------2-------------2-------------2----------------||
 D-----------------------------------------------------------||
 A-----------------------------------------------------------||
 E-----------------------------------------------------------||
 Hello darkness my old
Guitart I
 e-----4-----4-------4-----4-------4------4-------4-----4----||
 B--------4-------6-----4--------------4-------6-----4-------||
 G--6---------------------------6----------------------------||
 D-----------------------------------------------------------||
 A-----------------------------------------------------------||
 E-----------------------------------------------------------||
 Guitar II ||
 e-----3-----3-------3-----3-------3------3-------3----------||
 B------------------------------------------------------0----||
 G--------0-------------0--------------0-------------0-------||
 D-----------------------------------------------------------||
 A-----------------------------------------------------------||
 E--3-------------3-------------3--------------3-------------||
 friend I've come to talk with you a-
Guitart I
 e-----6-----6------6-----6-------6------6-------6-----6-----||
 B--------6------7-----6-------------6--------7-----6--------||
 G--8-------------------------8------------------------------||
 D-----------------------------------------------------------||
 A-----------------------------------------------------------||
 E-----------------------------------------------------------||
 Guitar II ||
 e-----0------------0-------------0--------------0-----------||
 B-----------1------------1--------------1-------------1-----||
 G--------2------------2-------------0--------------0--------||
 D---------------2------------2---------------2--------------||
 A--0--------------------------------------------------------||
 E-----------------------------------------------------------||
 gain because a vision soft-
Guitart I
 e-----7-----7------6-----6----7--6-----6-------6-----6------||
 B--------7------------7-------------7-------------7---------||
 G--8------------6---------------------------6---------------||
 D-----------------------------------------------------------||
 A-----------------------------------------------------------||
 E-----------------------------------------------------------||
 Guitar II ||
 e-----1------------0-------------0-------------0------------||
 B-----------0------------1-------------1-------------1------||
 G--------2------------0-------------0-------------0---------||
 D--3--------------------------------------------------------||
 A---------------3-------------3-------------3---------------||
 E-----------------------------------------------------------||
 ly creeping left it's seeds
Guitart I
 e-----7-----7-----6-----6---7--6-----6------7------7--------||
 B--------7-----------7------------7-------------7-----------||
 G--8-----------6-------------------------8------------------||
 D-----------------------------------------------------------||
 A-----------------------------------------------------------||
 E-----------------------------------------------------------||
 Guitar II ||
 e-----1-----------0------------0------------1---------------||
 B-----------0-----------1------------1-------------1--------||
 G--------2-----------0------------0-------------2-----------||
 D-----------------------------------------------------------||
 A--------------3------------3-------------------------------||
 E--1-------------------------------------1------------------||
 while I was sleeping and the vision
Guitart I
 e-----7------------7-----7------7--------------2--------2---||
 B-----------7---------7----------------7------------2-------||
 G--9-----8------8------------9-----8--------4---------------||
 D-----------------------------------------------------------||
 A-----------------------------------------------------------||
 E-----------------------------------------------------------||
 Guitar II ||
 e-----1------------1------------1--------------0------------||
 B-----------1------------1-------------1----------------1---||
 G--------2------------2------------2----------------0-------||
 D-----------------------------------------------------------||
 A-------------------------------------------3---------------||
 E--1------------1------------1------------------------------||
 that was planted in my brain
Guitart I
 e------2-----2-------2------2------2-----2-----2-------2----||
 B---------2-------------2-------------2------------2--------||
 G--4-------------4--------------4-----------4---------------||
 D-----------------------------------------------------------||
 A-----------------------------------------------------------||
 E-----------------------------------------------------------||
 Guitar II ||
 e------0-------------0-------------0-----0------------------||
 B-----------------------1-------------1------------1---0----||
 G----------------------------------2-----------0------------||
 D---------3--2----------------------------------------------||
 A--3-------------3----------2---0-----------3---------------||
 E-----------------------------------------------------------||
 still remains within the
Guitart I
 e------4-----4-------4------4--------6-----6-------6-----6--||-----------6--|
 B---------5------4-------5--------------6-------7-----6-----||---------7----|
 G--6------------------------------8-------------------------||-------8------|
 D-----------------------------------------------------------||-----8--------|
 A-----------------------------------------------------------||---6----------|
 E-----------------------------------------------------------||-6------------|
 Guitar II ||
 e------3-------------3---------------0-----0-------0-----0--||-----------0--|
 B------------0--------------0-----------0-------------0-----||---------1----|
 G---------0--------------0--------2-------------2-----------||-------2------|
 D-----------------------------------------------------------||-----2--------|
 A--2--------------------------------------------------------||---0----------|
 E----------------3------------------------------------------||--------------|
 sounds
 of silence
Guitar II
e---------------------------6--|
 B--6---7---6---7-----------7---|
 G----8---8---8---8-------8-----|
 D----------------------8-------|
 A--------------------6---------|
 E------------------6-----------| strum the chord, as in the end of the intro.
Chords
 In restless dreams I walked alone
 Am C
 narrow streets of cobblestone,
 F C
 'neath the halo of a street lamb,
 F C
 I turned my collar to the cold and damp
 F C
 when my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
 F F/E C C/B Am C
 that split the night,
 G Am
 and touched the sound of silence.

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